1. Background: In Trump's recent power putsch at the Pentagon, he installed Tata as Undersecretary for Policy - Tata's previous nomination for that position was pulled bc of his islamophobic + offensive remarks.
2. With the recent removal of senior @DeptofDefense leadership, there was already a lot of downside risk at the Pentagon: immediate terminations meant disruption + no time for outgoing officials to handover their roles/ responsibilities to their successors.
3. Plus there were a lots of concerns that the replacements weren't qualified and were installed based on their loyalty to Trump vs. focus on doing their taxpayer funded jobs.
4. Now, as the Pentagon juggles force posture changes (Iraq, Afg, possibly Somalia) + other mission sets AND preparing for the transition (cc @GSAEmily ) --
5. Who is a) in charge b) healthy enough to show up to work and c) focused on protecting the homeland vs. protecting Trump?

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18 Nov
When senior officials cycle out, they usually have transition periods w their successors to pass on institutional knowledge, advice, and information. That helps minimize disruption / helps avoid any balls being dropped.
Trump’s barrage of immediate terminations started long ago - cabinet officials, IGs, and others.
The immediate terminations of @EsperDoD @C_C_Krebs and others mean they don’t get the chance to transition out w their successor / close things out - that could really hurt us.
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1. Presidents should ask their national security team for all options on the table to confront a threat. That's the responsible thing to do.
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@kylegriffin1 1. Trump didn't read his PDB and now his Admin is preventing @JoeBiden from receiving it.
@kylegriffin1 @JoeBiden 2. In doing so, Trump is harming all of us. There has been a bipartisan consensus that the President-elect, through the transition process, should become as informed as possible in the run up to noon on January 20.
@kylegriffin1 @JoeBiden 3. (same goes for the VP-elect and other relevent officials)
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As we await final results and @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris 's remarks -- remember a few things amid all of this Trump noise:

1. Our entire intelligence community had consistently said that for years, Russia has tried to degrade confidence in our democracy. More recently our top counterintelligence expert warned that adversaries are amplifying trump's lies about election fraud (for their own advantage)
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A metaphor for Trump’s presidency - his handpicked “adviser” is openly helping Russia

Atlas is spreading misinfo and divisions via RT.

Russia’s mission is to spread divisions, one of their tactics is misinfo.

RT is a registered Russian foreign agent.

2. Not sure if Trump is trying to score extra credit with Putin, but per OUR IC:

RT is the Kremlin's "principal international propaganda outlet. "

RT is almost wholly funded by the Kremlin
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1. There's a lot of news today, but as Americans vote, they should keep in mind that Trump tried to intervene in a criminal investigation to please a foreign leader.
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That's not how democracies work.
3. In this case, Trump tried to pressure DOJ to back off of their investigation into a Turkish bank accused of violating Iran sanctions.

Why? Because Erdogan wanted him too.
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